Health & Wellbeing
JM | Aug 5, 2022

Localised transmission: Jamaica’s moneypox caseload jumps to three

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today


The Ministry of Health and Wellness is today (August 5) confirming Jamaica’s third case of the monkeypox virus in a local male with no recent travel history.

The ministry, in a statement this afternoon, advised that while the patient remains in isolation at home, contact tracing protocols are now activated. An appeal was also made for Jamaicans to take heightened precautions in light of Independence celebrations this weekend.

“Jamaica has confirmed a third case of monkeypox. This is the first locally acquired case, which means this patient had no recent travel history and has not been linked to the two previously announced cases,” the ministry advised.

“The patient is now in isolation at home and remains in stable condition. The case is being investigated and contact tracing has begun. Especially during this festive season, Jamaicans are again being urged to remain vigilant by heightening their adherence to the infection prevention measures for COVID-19 which are effective in limiting spread of monkeypox, notably, frequent handwashing/sanitisation, mask-wearing and physical distancing. Additionally, Jamaicans are encouraged to practise safe sex behaviours,” added the ministry.


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